Public Service workers balked at the idea that government pensions might be cut. The answer, so the unions claimed, was to stage a major walk out. The numbers are still being tallied, but it appears that more than a million public service workers took Wednesday off.

Was it successful? Well it depends on your point of view. For the kids that attend some 25,000 schools that were shutdown (About half) they though it was great! A day off school, what could be better?

International air travelers also had a pleasant surprise, rather than the usual grumpy education deprived Neanderthal checking passports they were greeted by people that knew what they were doing.

The always fun host of the hugely popula BBC Top Gear program Jeremy Clarkson had this delightful observation:

I think they have been fantastic. Absolutely. London today has just been empty. Everybody stayed at home, you can whizz about, restaurants are empty

Of course Jeremy Clarkson has taken a great deal of heat over this comment. There are a number of Public Sector workers that wound rather enjoy running over his private parts with a large Government truck.

But what is wrong with making the city more habitable?

Of course I am merely relying on anecdotal data, but it seems that for one day London returned to the way it was in the 1970’s.

Is it possible that people should urge these folks to go on strike more often?

While I have no imminent plans on returning to the land of my birth, if and when I do, I will try to ensure that it is during one of these brief respites. I am not a fan of government workers from any country, but this is one cause I can support with a clear conscious. Red Tape takes a day off? I am all for it.

Simon Barrett

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